Mobile phones have long been treated as contraband in classrooms, but this school year, hundreds of fifth- and sixth-graders in Toms River, N.J., will carry smart phones into their classrooms to fulfill a new academic requirement, NJ.com reports. The project, the first of its kind in New Jersey, incorporates the phones into the curriculum in the state’s fourth-largest school district and could radically revamp the way students learn. "This is a great alternative to traditional pen and pencil work and promotes better critical thinking skills," said Vicki Rhein, a fifth-grade teacher at Silver Bay Elementary School who participated in the...

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